By Karl Kroeger
William Billings (1746-1800) was once an important native-born composer of the yank colonial and Federal eras. He wrote 1000s of choral compositions, which have been set to sacred or devotional texts to be used through church choirs, making a song colleges, and musical societies. highly regarded in his personal time, Billings's track used to be denigrated in the course of the 19th century while ecu types ruled American musical tastes. within the 20th century his genius was once famous, and his tune is generally sung and studied. initially released in six tunebooks, the 338 extant items have been issued in a scholarly variation through the yank Musicological Society and The Colonial Society of Massachusetts as The whole Works of William Billings (4 vols., 1977-1990). the current catalog enhances the Complete Works by means of serving as a advisor to its contents and delivering a wealth of extra data.
Included for every composition are unique identify; textual content resource; first line; technical details on size, meter, key, and melody; manuscript assets and contemporaneous reprints; bibliography and glossy recordings. an intensive checklist of works stated is by way of 5 indexes offering entry to the fabric within the catalog via first line of textual content, Billings's anthem titles, textual content resources, musical shape (tune types), and musical incipits. The catalog offers for Billings's song info just like that present in Schmeider's listings for Bach and Koechel's listings for Mozart.
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